P&Z gives first nod to Morningstar



Members of Liberty Hill’s Planning and Zoning Commission gave the first nod Tuesday to a new subdivision proposed for the eastern boundary of the City’s ETJ.

Developers for Morningstar presented a concept plan and preliminary plat to P&Z, which in turn voted unanimously to recommend adoption by the City Council.

Phase One of Morningstar will include 314 lots for single family residences on 114 acres and construction is set to begin in August 2015. But in the end, the 530-acre development located in the northeast quadrant of State Highway 29 and Ronald Reagan Blvd., will have more than 1,000 units inluding 200 for multi-family housing.

The entrance to the subdivision off SH 29 will be at Kauffman Loop, a circulatory road that will bypass the major intersection at SH 29 and Ronald Reagan. The eastern boundary of the neighborhood will be at Cross Creek Road.

Designer Joe Bechtol told the Commission that the development will be situated behind the acreage on SH 29 that is home to Longhorn cattle. He said the Longhorns will stay on the property.

To the north of the proposed subdivision will be Santa Rita Ranch North. The 3,000-acre Santa Rita Ranch, will have neighborhoods on both sides of Ronald Reagan Blvd. along with at least one site for a Liberty Hill school and a possible second school in the Georgetown ISD.

Bechtol said Morningstar will have land for mixed use commercial development, as well as 80 acres of parkland, trails and an amenity center.

Morningstar is in MUD 23, and Liberty Hill will be providing wastewater service to the subdivision.

City Manager Greg Boatright said the City is working with the developer and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to place wastewater lines and gain approval prior to August 2015.

After hearing the presentation on the concept plan and the preliminary plat, two public hearings were held. No one was present to speak.

In other business Tuesday, Commissioner Chris Pezold asked the panel to recommend the City Council approve a conditional use permit for him to relocate a modular home from the property on Stubblefield Lane where he is developing four-plexes to a lot on RR 1869.

Boatright said the Unified Development Code (UDC) allowed for the change. A public hearing was held, but no one was present to speak. Pezold abstained from the unanimous vote.

Also this week, Commissioners recommended Council approval of an Application Submittal and Processing Policy for applications for site development, subdivisions, zoning and special exceptions, waivers and alternative standard — common requests brought to the City. The policy includes deadlines for submittal and dates the items would come to P&Z and the City Council.